Sixers Take On LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Philadelphia 76ers will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers today at 1 PM at the Wells Fargo Center | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers today at 1 PM at the Wells Fargo Center | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

It’s frequently stated that the NBA schedule is a coaches best friend, giving his team the chance to put a tough loss in their rearview mirror by giving them another game to play right away.

Those people never had to “bounce back” against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James and company head into their afternoon matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers riding a three-game winning streak and with a 12-2 record on the season, with LeBron James (23.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 9.5 assists per game), Kyrie Irving (23.8 points per game), and Kevin Love (22.1 points per game) leading the league’s second-ranked offensive attack.

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With Embiid on the Bench, the Sixers Can’t Compete

Robert Covington (left) and Jahlil Okafor (right) react after colliding when fighting for a rebound in the second half of Friday night's 105-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Covington (left) and Jahlil Okafor (right) react after colliding while fighting for a rebound in the second half of Friday night’s 105-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Based solely on last night’s 105-89 shellacking at the hands of the Chicago Bulls it would be hard to (correctly) distinguish which team was wrapping up a six-game, ten-day road trip.

The Bulls sprinted out to an 8-0 run when the game tipped off, putting the Sixers in an immediate hole. The Sixers’ reserves closed the first quarter on an 11-3 run, helping keep the game close for just a brief moment more, but it was short-lived. Any time the Bulls starters were matched up against the Sixers starters, Brett Brown‘s team had no chance.

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Sixers Look to Bounce Back Against Road-Weary Bulls

The Sixers will take on former teammate Isaiah Canaan and the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will take on former teammate Isaiah Canaan and the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers lost a disappointing one on Wednesday night, falling in double overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies in what would have been their best win of the season.

They’ll look to rebound tonight against the 9-6 Chicago Bulls, and they’ll do so without star center Joel Embiid, who has tonight off for rest. The Sixers are in the middle of a four games in seven nights stretch, and they want to be cautious with Embiid’s workload as he returns to NBA action.

The Sixers will face a surprising Chicago Bulls team, albeit one who is wrapping up a 6 game, mostly Western Conference (outside of the Sixers) road trip, which could work in the Sixers favor.

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Sixers Lose Double Overtime Thriller to Grizzlies

Joel Embiid (21) and Jerryd Bayless (0) defend Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies during the Grizzlies 104-99 double overtime victory | John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid (21) and Jerryd Bayless (0) defend Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies during the Grizzlies 104-99 double overtime victory | John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 104-99 Wednesday night in double overtime, a tough defeat for a young team looking to build momentum.

It’s hard to have a signature win in November, but that’s what this one would have been for Brett Brown‘s young Sixers team. The Sixers came into the game winners of four straight at the Wells Fargo Center and two straight overall, in search of their first three-game winning streak in nearly three years, while playing against a quality, experienced, and tough opponent that was riding a five-game winning streak.

They gave the Grizzlies all they could handle, forcing David Fizdale‘s veteran-laden team into ten extra minutes of basketball before they could finally take control of the game.

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Sixers Take on Grizzlies in Search of Third Consecutive Win

Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers will take on Marc Gasol and the 9-5 Memphis Grizzlies tonight | Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers will take on Marc Gasol and the 9-5 Memphis Grizzlies tonight | Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

“We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.”
— Lou Brown, Major League

On Monday night the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 101-94, winning consecutive games for the first time since March of 2015.

Tonight the 76ers will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (9-5) in search of their first three-game winning streak since January 2014.

After pulling out victories over some of the lower-tier teams in the NBA, the Sixers journey will get much more difficult starting tonight. The Grizzlies have won 5 straight games, a streak which includes impressive road wins over the Utah Jazz (7-8), Los Angeles Clippers (13-2), and Charlotte Hornets (8-5).

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Sixers Down Heat for 4th Straight Home Win

Joel Embiid celebrates late in the 4th quarter during the Sixers 101-94 victory over the Miami Heat | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid celebrates late in the 4th quarter during the Sixers 101-94 victory over the Miami Heat | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat on Monday night by a score of 101-94, their fourth consecutive win at the Wells Fargo Center.

The win also gave the Sixers consecutive overall wins for the first time since March 18th and March 20th in 2015. The Sixers did not win consecutive games once during the 10-win 2015-16 season.

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Jerryd Bayless Returns, Jahlil Okafor’s Minutes Restriction Lifted

Sixers point guard Jerryd Bayless could be getting closer to returning to play | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers point guard Jerryd Bayless made his season debut for the Sixers tonight. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Sixers played the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night the team announced that Jerryd Bayless would be available to play. The team had previously upgraded his status to probable earlier in the day.

Bayless, who was signed to a three-year, $27-million contract over the offseason to be the team’s starting point guard, suffered an injury to his left wrist during training camp.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown noted before the game that Bayless is still experiencing some discomfort in the wrist, but has been reassured that he is not at an increased injury risk by playing through the soreness.

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Should Nik Stauskas Be Starting Over Robert Covington?

Robert Covington's struggles to start the season have opened the door for a change in the starting lineup | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Covington’s struggles to start the season have opened the door for a change in the starting lineup. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Starting small forward Robert Covington is going through one of the biggest slumps of his career, shooting just 25.7 percent from the field through the first 13 games of the season.

On the flip side is Nik Stauskas, who is currently in the midst of the most prolonged stretch of success he’s experienced during his short NBA career, averaging 14.5 points on 66 percent shooting from the field, including 53.6 percent from three-point range, over his last six games. That makes Stauskas the team’s second leading scorer over that period of time, despite coming off the bench.

When you combine how well Stauskas is playing, along with Covington’s prolongued struggles, and the fact that Stauskas was formerly the #8 overall pick in the draft and came into the league with some pedigree, is it time for head coach Brett Brown to make a change in the starting lineup?

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Sixers Bounce Back with 120-105 Victory over the Suns

Joel Embiid finished with a career-high 26 points in the Sixers 120-105 victory | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid finished with a career-high 26 points in the Sixers 120-105 victory | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

“We know that if we’re going to win it’s not because we’re beating anybody by 20,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown told members of the media after his team held on for a 109-102 victory Wednesday night over a Washington Wizards team that came roaring back in the fourth quarter.

It wans’t quite 20, but will 15 do?

The Sixers were led by dominant performances from Joel Embiid (26 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 20 minutes) and Nik Stauskas (21 points on 8-9 shooting in 26 minutes) in route to a dominating 120-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns, who had just played in Indiana the night before.

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Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Dominate Sixers in 110-86 Victory

Former Kansas teammates Joel Embiidf and Andrew Wiggins talk prior to Thursday night's game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers | Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kansas teammates Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins talk prior to Thursday night’s game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers | Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The highly-anticipated matchup between Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night turned out to be a dud, one witnessed by a national audience on TNT.

The game disappointed, in part, because Embiid and Towns were rarely matched up against each other, with the Sixers electing to defend Towns with Ersan Ilyasova and Dario Saric and the Wolves defending Embiid with Gorgui Dieng.

More importantly, the matchup was disappointing because the game was never truly competitive, with the Wolves leading virtually the entire game on their way to a 110-86 rout.

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